Health & Fitness Director
Nick comes to the Y with over 10 years of experience in the health & fitness industry. He has worked for Plus One since 2009, most recently in the role of General Manager for a corporate fitness site in New York City. He has extensive knowledge in fitness operations, personal training and virtual offerings. His expertise in these areas helps the Y focus on improving the health and well-being of our community. Nick currently lives in Norwalk, CT with his wife, Ligia. In his spare time he enjoys kayaking, hiking and camping.
Nick’s positive, can do attitude is refreshing. Fitness and wellness has been a big part of his life and he is grateful to be a part of the YMCA family to serve our community.
Fitness Operations Coordinator
Gene has spent the better part of the last 30 years in the health and fitness industry helping people create healthy lifestyles. He has worked as a fitness instructor, personal trainer, in member services, and fitness management throughout many area health clubs. Gene has also worked in the fitness equipment retail sales industry where he set up and installed home gyms in lower Fairfield County, CT.
Too many people struggle with daily life activities, and never achieve their goals because of lack of exercise and poor health choices. Gene has seen and experienced all of this first hand and is dedicated to helping people put an end to these bad habits. He has successfully helped transform many clients (as well as himself) through proper exercise and nutrition choices.
Gene specializes in strength, cardiovascular, and endurance training, as well as stretching to help increase flexibility. He is also certified in sports nutrition. In addition to one-on-one small group training, he also teaches group classes which include; kettlebells, extreme conditioning boot camps, and group weight training. Along with his passion for training, Gene has a passion for the world of bodybuilding, and actively participates in competitions, as well as trains competitors, on a regular basis.
His philosophy is simple: walk before you run. It is so important to first build a strong and stable foundation. Start with the basics. Then, with proper guidance of exercise and nutrition, you will be able to create your fortress of solitude. Gene feels that if you set realistic goals for yourself, both short-term and long-term, and stick with it, you will see results. Gene constantly reminds his clients of one very important thing: if this (exercise) was easy, everybody would be doing it, and they would all be in shape!
When Gene is not training clients or teaching classes, he is overseeing the personal trainers, group exercise instructors, as well as assisting the department head with the day-to-day operations of the fitness department.